I have a mathmatical formula for the amount of time it takes to get out of the door.
Figure five minutes per person.
So from the time I say, "Let's go. Get in the car," it takes us about 25 minutes. By the time everyone finds his shoes, goes potty, gets a drink, sends an email, writes a novel....five minutes per person.
I think you will find my formula pretty solid.
Now throw in a trip to the YMCA outdoor pool, a workout and a packed lunch....the formula expands. It took us 55 minutes, and that was only with four of us. And I still forgot the lunch in a cooler in the garage.
I wish I could do it better. I wish the kids would listen to me the first 25 times I told them something. I wish I were the Zen mama I long to be.
Because you see i have another formula, it takes saying something THREE times, before it is understood. Sometimes I skip right to the end and put on my mean mommy voice and yell something three times....."PUT ON YOUR SHOES, PUT ON YOUR SHOES, PUT ON YOUR SHOES." I make sure I am dripping with evil venom and stink eye when I say it too.
Times my 3X formula times three kids and you have an idea where I am in the end.
I just finished reading "A New Earth" and listening to the podcasts by the author. It has really opened my mind to understanding. I get it, but the author Eckhart Tolle doesn't have children.
Jesus said, "Let the children come to me and do not hinder them." Again, Jesus wasn't around them all day, and he sure didn't try to get them all into the van in less than 30 minutes.